Certified nurse midwife Heather Shannon, NP, explains how women can have vaginal births after Cesarean deliveries. Kaushal Nanavati, MD, shares his four pillars of wellness. Respiratory therapist Joseph Sorbello talks about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with a Central New York man who has it. Also, registered dietitian Terry Podolak presents “Health Eats,” and Deirdre Neilen, PhD presents “The Healing Muse.”
The son plods along, his footfalls fighting the gravity of the situation, Along the hospital corridor. Pausing at intervals to wait for his father, the son knows This walk tires the mans Who worked six days a week molding steel into skyscrapers.
The son waits, hearing the shuffling behind him, remembering All the times he followed his father across the yard, Plastic lawnmower stirring the freshly cut grass clippings, Trying to keep up with his hero.
The father scuffles along, his sneakers struggling against gravity, Pacing himself so he doesn’t fall too far behind; he watches His son’s back, grown broad and strong, remembering When he wore the boy like a backpack on the way up to bed.
He labors, falling behind, losing ground, remembering What it was like to walk ten stories up, all day long, Never tiring, never afraid, never thinking of the day When he would no longer be able to keep up with his son.
The son waves and nods to his students who call him teacher, To his patients who call him doctor, wanting to tell them That he can be neither just now, that for this moment He is only a son.
And then he stops, turns, and looks, just as his father stops and looks, And their eyes race across thirty years of unspoken love, Carrying the message that neither can speak nor bear to hear – It is not supposed to be this way.
The Other Mothers, by K. B. Kincer
They arrive in uniforms of grey, pink and blue, the colors of dusk, of dawn, patterned like flocks of birds lifting from water to sky, rustling about the room straightening sheets, plumping pillows, untangling tubes hanging from IV poles that chirp, whir, and tether the bed, a boat floating, trying to drift from this pastel shore.
A blur of movement, they bob and turn in short, swift steps, check the charts, temperature, administer meds, and let his mother brush Vaseline over cracked, swollen lips, let her comb his hair, massage cream into his hands, his feet, let her stay at the foot of the bed.
They wash his body, but cover him as they go, before and after, to expose nothing to janitors swabbing floors, removing trays, emptying trashcans. They support his head, his arms and legs with pillows and blankets, just so, for they’ve practiced at home sprawling for hours on couch cushions and foam bolsters.
Slats of sunlight enter the room, row slowly across the floor, fade. At night, his mother watches them lift and turn her son to face the window, always east.
Deirdre Neilen, PhD: A visit from the healing muse: 'When the Doctor’s Dad is Dying', and 'The Other Mothers'Play Now | Download
Dr. Patrick Smith, DDS addresses the importance of dental care for people undergoing cancer treatment. Dr. Roberto Izquierdo, MD explains adrenal insufficiency and its treatment. Dr. Derek Cooney, MD talks about difficulty breathing in our “What’s Your Emergency?” segment. Also, hear psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD with “Check Up from the Neck Up” and Deirdre Neilen, PhD with “The Healing Muse.”
Richard Cantor, MD, director of the pediatric emergency departmentat Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, is joined by Rachel Hannon, CCLS, certified child life specialist, to discuss the advances in pain management for children – both pharmacological and non-traditional. The child life specialist helps relieve the anxiety and stress associated with illness or injury for the child and their family through education, play, and imagery while in the emergency department. Cantor says the goal is a quiet room with a controlled environment, and a child who has no bad memory of the event.
Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers
Richard Cantor, MD and Rachel Hannon, CCLS: Advances in management of pain in childrenPlay Now | Download
Deirdre Neilen, PhD shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse” every Sunday on HealthLink on Air. She edits the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing.
never brings good news. My father’s bedside dialysis line has clotted again, third night in a row, after his family stumbled home from the hospital to shed tears hidden not only from him, but from each other.
The doctor says my father, intubated and less responsive each day, communicates in the only language he can access, declares his wishes to those who will listen.
I drink coffee until daybreak, drive to my childhood home. Mum sits on the patio, stares at the overgrown clematis Dad planted, shakes her head when I start to speak. She puts on gardening gloves, picks up the pruner, clips until violet flowers spring free, released from the confines of tangled vine. Chooses a blossom the shade of midnight for Dad,
a jolt of color against the white sheets and metal of the ICU. Dad died that evening, his final exhale so gentle it didn’t ruffle the faded flower resting on his chest.
The Country of Illness, by Meryl Natchez
Your body no longer belongs to you, but to technicians whose work is the body. Your time is taken up in the exhausting task of translating the confusing currency, adapting to customs that seem pure insult where you come from. Travel here is hard, light and clatter just when you want dim sleep. Visitors with their annoying questions, as if you knew anything useful. It takes all your time just to decipher the map, the border instructions, while you slowly work to put together the price of the ticket back to the land of the well, where we take our bodies blessedly for granted.
You swear if your frail boat ever arrives again at that shore, you’ll treasure every moment without pain, appreciate the feet that carry you everywhere, the arms that lift and hold and lift at your command. But it’s not possible. The healthy breathe health like fish breathe water. We move at will, cursing when the car won’t start, or the coffee spills, and all the while the dark blood pulses, and health glints, thoughtless as moonlight on black water.
Deirdre Neilen, PhD: A visit from the healing muse: 'A phone call after midnight', and 'The Country of Illness'Play Now | Download
Genetic counselor Bonnie Braddock tells about genetic testing and what to consider beforehand. Dr. Ali Salah, MD explains the value of cardiac MRI. Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr., MD, visits Syracuse to talk about robotic cardiac surgery. And, listen for “Healthy Eats” by registered dietitian Terry Podolak and “The Healing Muse” from Deirdre Neilen, PhD.
Dr. Randolph Chitwood, Jr., one of the world leaders in minimally invasive and robotic mitral valve surgery, describes how these techniques affect outcomes and what it means for the future. Chitwood is recognized as the first heart surgeon to perform robot-assisted heart valve surgery in North America, and currently serves as Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Sr. Vice Chancellor at East Carolina University.
W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr. MD, FACS, FRCS: Robotic cardiac surgeryPlay Now | Download
Upstate family medicine physician Michael Lax, MD, talks about worker health and safety — why it is under-reported, and what can be done to make the state’s workplaces safer. Lax is the medical director of the Occupational Health Clinical Center (CNY), which is staffed by a team of health professionals actively working to support worker health and safety in 26 counties in New York. For more information, call 315-432-8899.